Amnesty (I)

Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)
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Based on 23 reviews
2016 Ratings: #821 / 948
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Based on 290 ratings
2016 Ratings: #518
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At its core, Amnesty (I) maintains the crux of what made Crystal Castles so great: ethereal electronic soundscapes, glitchy melodies, piercing vocals and cacophonous outbursts just jarring enough to keep listeners on edge.

The Young Folks

There is no denying that Amnesty (I) marks a new and rather daunting post-Glass era for Crystal Castles and its long-held fans. However, in spite of those realities, it is also an endlessly playable record that could just be the start of something much more promising than expected.

The Line of Best Fit

It doesn’t feel as exciting or dangerous as their previous albums - it’s still a rewarding listen, despite it being the first post-Glass ... but it seems that no matter how good the music here is, nothing can stop Glass’ spectre from haunting the album, as she was such a monumental loss to the band.

Under The Radar

Like him or hate him, Kath can compose stirring electro-maniacal rhythms like no one's business. And Frances captures and carries the tortured exclamation of the first three Crystal Castles albums with conviction.


The truth of the matter is that, as long as it's Ethan Kath behind the mixing desk, it doesn't really matter who the singer of Crystal Castles is.


All in all, Amnesty (I) is a good album, but not an album that stacks up to the first three that Crystal Castles put out.


Even if Amnesty lacks some of the intensity of Crystal Castles' earlier work, it accomplishes the tricky task of providing common ground and a fresh start.

Kath pillages heartily from Belgian new beat, braindance, electroclash and EDM cheese to forge brutally effective industrial lullabies.

The first Crystal Castles album without vocalist Alice Glass is also the first safe album from an act that once would have recoiled at such a thought.

Consequence of Sound

It might be the most durable Crystal Castles has ever sounded, pushing things forward whereas Kath and Glass used to pull from ‘80s pop and 8-bit sounds.

Drowned in Sound

Amnesty (I) is an odd affair; the sound of a band reborn out of pure necessity yet one where all component parts ring meticulously familiar.

Slant Magazine

The album meets all goth-adjacent indie-dance needs squarely. It doesn't, however, ever transcend those needs.

The Guardian

An album that, while impressively intense, lacks the human urgency of their earlier work.


While this record is an enjoyable nod to their legacy, it could have given a bolder account of itself.


Crystal Castles always were an uncomfortable band, but the bumpy conception of this album and the awkward introduction of new ideas dampen even its most teeth-chattering moments.

God Is in the TV

Without Glass, Crystal Castles has become diluted and Amnesty (I) feels like an awkward side-step, rather than a forward leap.

Northern Transmissions

Crystal Castles without Glass has revealed itself to be little more than a vanity project.

It’s not a bad album, it just pales in comparison to what came before.
The Observer

Glitchy beats, heavily treated vocals and passages of pulverising electronic noise are all still present, and there’s an abiding mood of kohl-eyed gloom.

Pretty Much Amazing

The first product from Crystal Castles 2.0 is a mixed bag of nostalgia, proficiency, and carefully staged continuity. 

No Ripcord

What do you get when you strip Glass out of the equation? A competent Crystal Castles record without the message, and competent is a bit of a stretch considering Kath is trying to step into the zeitgeist with the sort of electronic styles they would’ve otherwise dismissed.

NOW Magazine

At 11 tracks, it's tight like a pop album should be. Unfortunately, none of the songs leap out as highlights in the catalogue.

The Needle Drop
Crystal Castles did a new thing, and I don’t much care for the thing.

This album is boring.

Kept on the other hand is for me atleast. The best thing the band ever made and one of the best songs in general.
It is a dissociative anthem for the digital anthem which is somehow slow and mile a minute. It contains multitudes in it's soundscapes.


Fuck Ethan


uhhh... unsure of what to think yet, gonna give it a few more listens, but whilst the songs aren't bad for the most part or anything imo, it does for sure sound like people trying to imitate Crystal Castles more so than actual Crystal Castles, they should probably develop a new sound on the next project.

EDIT: you know what, never mind, this shit is a fucking cluttered mess, albeit with decent production every now & then, however it's not at all worth going out of your way to listen to.


Fuck Ethan


esse álbum soava melhor na minha cabeça antigamente, assumo. apesar de gostar dos vocais da Edith ela não é uma substituta a altura da Alice. dito isso algumas músicas ali são mto boas mesmo, não vou mentir.

as que eu gostei do álbum:

- Concrete
- Frail
- Their Kindness Is Charade
- Fleece
- Enth
- Kept


Alice Glass was the heart of the band.

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Track List

  1. Femen
  2. Fleece
  3. Char
  4. Enth
  5. Sadist
  6. Teach Her How to Hunt
  7. Chloroform
  8. Frail
  9. Concrete
  10. Ornament
  11. Kept
  12. Their Kindness Is Charade
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Added on: June 30, 2016